PM concerned about Venezuelan arms, drugs

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has said that he is concerned about the increase in drug trafficking cases and arms coming into Saint Lucia, telling reporters that Venezuela has been a big source of the problem.

“Some people would suggest that the problems in Venezuela are creating that – if in fact what the US is claiming is correct, that is not a very good position where a Vice President of a country is involved in that, but clearly I have to wait and see what the evidence is and how that pans out,” the Saint Lucia Prime Minister said.

Chastanet’s statement came against the backdrop of U.S. authorities on Monday announcing that the vice president of Venezuela, Tareck El Aissami, was an international drug trafficker.

The US has slapped severe sanctions on him.

But the Venezuelan official described his blacklisting by the United States on drug charges as an “imperialist aggression”.

According to Chastanet, there are international organizations at which Saint Lucia will be able to learn what the position is.

Chastanet disclosed that his administration’s position on Venezuela  and ALBA is that while this country is not an active member, it is looking to develop relationships with other countries and regions of the world.

Just last week, Saint Lucia police  seized the equivalent of over one million EC dollars in cash in two separate operations and arrested two Venezuelan nationals and a local.

On February 7, 2017, police officers intercepted a vehicle at the Dennery bypass and on conducting a search, found over US$395,000.

Venezuelan national, Antonio Alcantara and Saint Lucian, Anthony Jaye, were arrested and charged with money laundering.

In a separate incident on February 10, 2016, police are reported to have executed a search warrant on the home of Venezuelan national, Ricardo Jose Flores Montana at Rodney Heights, where they seized 10,000 Euros and $US 131,720.

The Venezuelan national was also charged with money laundering.

14 Comments

  1. Ivana Cardinale
    February 15, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Venezuela or Colombia is the problem? Venezuela DOES NOT PRODUCE COCAINE, Colombia does, which is the biggest cocaine producer and exporter in the World. Guns? Colombia is the biggest weapons smuggler along with Mexico in Latin America. So, I wonder if those arrested in St Lucia are Colombians with Venezuelan fake or bought papers. There are plenty Colombians with Venezuelan fake ID’s. Tell the St Lucian police to go deeper in their investigation… they might get a surprise

    1. Anonymous
      February 15, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Its venezuelans.Why do some St.lucians always avecto sound so ignorant.Gone were the days when Colombia was the main source.There are serious problems coming out of that country, mabey the caribbean countries should consider placing snctions on Venezuela to protect our small piece of paradise.

      1. Ivana Cardinale
        February 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm

        Venezuela or Colombia is the problem? Venezuela DOES NOT PRODUCE COCAINE, Colombia does, which is the biggest cocaine producer and exporter in the World. Guns? Colombia is the biggest weapons smuggler along with Mexico in Latin America. So, I wonder if those arrested in St Lucia are Colombians with Venezuelan fake or bought papers. There are plenty Colombians with Venezuelan fake ID’s. Tell the St Lucian police to go deeper in their investigation… they might get a surprise

      2. Anon1
        February 17, 2017 at 9:05 am

        Ivana, please please stop displaying your IGNORANCE.

        Do you honestly think Columbia is the ONLY country which produces cocaine!!!!

        Do you know how cocaine is produced and what from!

        No matter how many times you repeat your IGNORANCE it doesn’t turn it into sense.

      3. Anonymous
        February 15, 2017 at 4:52 pm

        be mindful that the locals r the ones entertaing criminals.

  2. Ivana Cardinale
    February 15, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Also, The US report drug accusation agaisnt the Venezuelan official is FAKE. Was done by the Cuban-US Senators anti-Castro and anti-Chavez. As usual the US government accusing with no evidence other country’s officials. Where are the weapons of mass destruction of Saddam Hussein? This is the same script of lies against anyone that doesn’t kneel to United States and its oil corporations

  3. Ivana Cardinale
    February 15, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Colombia even having 7 US military bases and more than 20 DEA offices, still produces more than 300,000 tons of cocaineper year and which the United States consumes 95% of those 300 tons … But the most irrational of the question is that the guilty of all is the Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami? The man that precisely caught, sized tons of drugs in Venezuela when he was Minister of Internal Affairs. May be this is what has the US political cartels very angry

  4. Ivana Cardinale
    February 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    By the way. the Venezuelan offcial does not have properties or money in the US, so, that shows even more that all is a US circus against Venezuela

    1. Deadbeat
      February 15, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      Haven’t I seen your name at the Venezuelan Embassy? Pretty sure it was you.

  5. 666
    February 15, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    This is not the first time that Venezuelans have been arrested for drugs and big cash, on Saint Lucian soil. So there’s a trend there!

  6. Anonymous
    February 15, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    So whats the big deal just more money the guys have spend in the local economy

  7. Sharon terrell
    February 15, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Nooooo,these Venezuelans and their drugs.Send them back to Venezuela, infesting the Caribbean with crimes and violence and guns,and murder.Menace to society.Easy quick monies.They are of no use,get rid of them.Whats their contributions to society whiles selling all these drugs,its all abot drugs waste to society.CHOOPS

  8. Concern
    February 16, 2017 at 11:51 am

    If you are so concerned why are you selling your country so cheap one dollar per acre

  9. Anon1
    February 22, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Allen, you should be having a meeting with your Venezuelan counterparts to discuss the following:

    1. To stop the guns coming into St Lucia
    2. To optimise the route of Cocaine coming from SA via St Lucia to reach its final destination.

    Yes, you read right OPTIMISE the route, 95% of cocaine reaching St Lucia is only in transit.

    Its final destination being mainly the US then the UK. The main users of cocaine in these countries are middle to upper class.

    My point is we don’t want the guns but we should let the other go through to its final destination.

    Lets flood them with the white stuff, they were the ones who created it and they are the biggest consumers. They’re going to flood us with deportees so we might as well!

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